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The geography of anti-Muslim hatred Tell MAMA Annual Report 2015

September 7, 2016

tmTell MAMA (Measuring anti-Muslim Attacks) was established in February 2012 with the express intent of providing a confidential and independent third-party reporting service for Muslims in the United Kingdom who experience hate crimes and incidents, as recommended by the Macpherson report, published in 1999 following the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993

Since 2012, we have recorded large spikes in anti-Muslim activity following the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in May 2013, the attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015, and the recent atrocities in Paris on November 13, 2015

This Annual Report was launched in Parliament on 29th June 2016. It highlights hate crime against Muslims in the UK. The report, entitled: The Geography of Anti-Muslim Hatred, looked at where Muslims reported hate crime against them. A number of interesting things were revealed:

  • The majority of hate crimes were directed at women who were visibly Muslim
    • The majority were perpetrated by white males
    • The majority occurred on or near an A Road or transport hub

There was no correlation between places that Muslims were attacked and places of high unemployment or social deprivation.

11% of attacks were in places of education. In relation to this one of the comments in the report is: It is important that headteachers, teachers, and safeguarding leads in schools are trained to deal with Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate (page 29).

The report also noted:

Given that schools are an important place for educating and socialising young people in multicultural settings, the fact that there are more incidents in educational institutions.

The three most common places where attacks occur are:

Public areas (111 incidents, 26 per cent of total), such as the pavement on a street, a park, or other public space in the city that is not enclosed.

Transport network (89 incidents, 20 per cent of total), including urban, regional, and national rail services, buses and coaches.

Place of business (53, 12 per cent of total), which refers to private property in which the victim is a customer.

Anti-Muslim hate crime relies on the misrepresentation of Muslims in Britain from certain media sources, politicians and public figures. More effort must be made to refute and challenge discursive frames that position Muslims as a monolithic bloc.

The report of online here

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